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Dragon dances, Parade of Nations and more

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    Fiesta DC

    DC's international flavor continues this weekend with two more events.

    Already in progress, the 11th Chinese Cultural Festival is being held in Chinatown on H Street, NW, between 6th and 7th Streets, NW until 5 p.m. today. As noted on the DC Chinese Culture Festival website, "you can have a good chance to taste delicious Chinese food, to view beautiful Chinese art crafts, to watch dragon dance, lion dance, and kungfu, to take an instant Chinese lesson and have your name translated into Chinese for free, and more..."

    H Street, NW, between 6th and 7th Streets, will be closed to traffic until approximately 6 p.m. Sunday for the event. But who needs a car when you can hop off the Gallery Place/Chinatown stop on the Red and Green Lines and be right there?

    Then there's the big Fiesta DC, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in Mount Pleasant. The free to the public event on Mt. Pleasant Street, NW between Argonne Place, NW and Park Road, NW includes folkloric and traditional dancers from Latin America, Spain and the Caribbean, and a Parade of Nations, which starts at 1:30 p.m.

    The following streets will be closed until 10:30 p.m. Sunday for the event:

    • Mt. Pleasant Street, NW between Park Road and Argonne Place
    • Tilbourne Street, NW between Park Road and Lamont Street
    • Argonne Place, NW between Mr. Pleasant Street and Harvard Street
    • Lamont Street, NW between Mt. Pleasant Street and 17th Street
    • Kenyon Street, NW between 17th Street and Mt. Pleasant Street

    The District's Department of Transportation has also advised drivers in the Adams Morgan/Mt. Pleasant area to expect delays and heavy pedestrian traffic on Sunday, and have recommended using the city's fine public transportation system to get to Fiesta DC.

    The Columbia Heights Metro station on the Green Line is the closest stop to the action. Taking a cab -- or parking -- within walking distance might be another (and possibly faster) option too.